Articles From : bjgreen

  • Way Back When: Remembering Santa Barbara's First Train Arrival

    Betsy shares a historic photo from 1887 in Santa Barbara when the first train arrived in town.

  • Way Back When: Martha Graham Returns to Santa Barbara

    A couple of well-known dancers were appearing at a street fair here in July 1918 that was held to benefit St. Vincent’s orphanage.

  • Way Back When: A Freak Storm in the Night

    On the evening of June 30 and the early morning of July 1, 1918, the residents of Santa Barbara were kept awake by Mother Nature’s light show.

  • Way Back When: Predicting the Future

    100 years ago, a column in the newspaper suggested that instead of fireworks on July 4th, the noise would be furnished by motorcycles. 

  • Way Back When: Remembering the Fire

    Back in June 1917, there was a record-breaking heatwave, and fires broke out in Ojai and Carpinteria.

  • Way Back When: Let's Not Forget to Laugh

    Although a lot of the news in the local papers was pretty grim in 1918, there was a new cartoon artist whose work began appearing here.

  • Way Back When: A Solar Eclipse in Santa Barbara

    There was a solar eclipse in the afternoon of June 8 that spread across the United States, somewhat similar to the one we experienced in 2017.

  • Way Back When: Fresh From the Studio

    The “Flying A” studio released a couple of movies in June 1918, one was “Up Romance Road.”

  • Way Back When: Hurrah for the Circus!

    One hundred years ago, in  May 1918, the circus came to town.

  • Way Back When: The Party Ended When the Cops Arrived

    It was a great party in May 1918 on Pico Street in Santa Barbara's Eastside — until the police showed up.

  • Way Back When: Happy Mother's Day!

    In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday in May to be Mother's Day.

  • Way Back When: Mysterious Fire in the Night

    In May 1918, a mysterious fire broke out on Santa Cruz Island and burned for a week and a half.

  • Way Back When: WWI Tank on State Street

    On April 6, 1918, the first anniversary of the U.S. declaration of war on Germany, Santa Barbara held a 90-minute parade.

  • Way Back When: Squirrel Love

    Although ground squirrels were never popular, tree squirrels  were considered  cute 100 years ago.

  • Way Back When: A Need for Laughter

    There was a big show at the Potter Theatre on State Street in April 1918 that was a benefit for the Red Cross and featured a well-known clown.

  • Way Back When: Anti-German Sentiments During WWI

    Negative feelings about Germany were strong in 1918 during World War I.

  • Way Back When: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's the F-1

    After months of watching the Lockheed plane’s construction, the people of Santa Barbara were finally able to watch its first flight.


    At the foot of Ortega Hill in March 1918, Mr. F.W. Myers stepped outside to look at a rainstorm and was pelted with a live fish.

  • Way Back When: Nostalgia for Governess Carts

    An editorial in the local paper in March 1918 was inspired by the sight of something called a “governess cart” on a side street in Santa Barbara.

  • Way Back When: Keeping it Local

    In 2018, the stores in Santa Barbara are feeling the pain of competing with online shopping, but back in March 1918, storekeepers here faced a different challenge: catalog shopping.

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